Stephen Goheen’s commitment to children began long before he started working at H.G. Hill Middle School as the front office secretary two years ago. As a foster parent for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, he decided to seek a career within the school district because it was more conducive to a “kid-friendly” schedule.
“I needed a schedule that worked with my family so I could be an engaged parent,” Goheen said, adding he loves spending time with his kids. “By working here I get to spend time with my kids and impact a lot of other kids. Interacting with kids is my happy place.”
Aalysa Cameron, a seventh grader at Margaret Allen Middle School, is a member of the Sports Club at her middle school. While participating in Sports Club, students have the opportunity to try-out and learn about various extra-curricular activities the school offers. After much consideration and some positive persuading from her coach, Cameron was drawn to track and field.
“This is my first time participating in any sport at my school and I wanted to try something out of the norm for me. Track and field was it,” Cameron said.
Whether a student, parent, or faculty member, walking into the Eakin Elementary School front office guarantees one thing – being greeted with a smile and maybe a big hug. from the Administrator of School Financial Payroll Records, Diane Bain.
That burst of friendliness comes from Nancy “Diane” Bain, a product of Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has been employed with the district for the past 31 years and currently serves as administrator of school financial payroll records at Eakin. After graduating from Cohn High School, she married her high school sweetheart and soon pursued a career as a certified nursing technician. But it wasn’t long before Bain had a change of heart relative to her career choice.
Have you ever wondered what a kindergarten classroom in MNPS looks like? Ahead of this year’s kindergarten registration, we’re opening the doors into these bright, creative spaces of teaching and learning so you can see what our youngest learners see.
Charity McCracken is a kindergarten teacher at Haywood Elementary, where she has welcomed our youngest learners for three years. She has an elementary education degree from Vanderbilt University, an English as a second language (ESL) certification and is currently getting a masters in curriculum and instruction. Her room is colorful, creative and inclusive — inviting her students to be the same in their learning.
Have you ever studied what you’re throwing in the trash? You may not have, but kids around Metro Schools’ middle schools are doing just that – and for good reason.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost 95 percent of the food we throw away every day – from unwanted leftovers to spoiled produce – ends up in a landfill, where it isn’t exposed to oxygen and instead releases harmful methane gasses into the atmosphere. This wasted food, an estimated 63 million tons of food per year in the US, depletes precious resources like water and energy and harms wildlife habitat.
Through an initiative with Urban Green Lab and World Wildlife Fund’s Food Waste Warriors program, some resourceful middle school students are seeking to change that burden on our landfills and find a more sustainable, environmentally friendly way to prevent and reduce that food waste. Considering one middle school counted just over 100 pounds of food waste after one single lunch day, our schools certainly have the opportunity to make a real impact.
Cheerleading is part of Kayla Dick’s DNA. Each kick, each move and every form, she learned from her mother who was a National Football League Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.
“It is pretty awesome that my mother was a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader,” Dick said. “I hope that I have made her proud by following in her cheerleading footsteps.”
Dick, now in her senior year, has participated in cheerleading since the age of four years old and even participated as a member of Tennessee State University’s Little Tigers cheer squad. She took what she learned and began cheering in middle school and now serves as captain for the Hillsboro High School Burros cheerleading team during football and basketball season. In this role, she ensures each member of the team is ready for the season conducting two- to three-hour practices and workouts. The team also attends Universal Cheer Association camps to enhance their techniques and competition performances.
Adlee (Faith) Manion, an English teacher at Nashville School of the Arts, has been awarded the prestigious “Teacher of the Year” designation for the 2018-2019 school year – an honor voted on by the faculty, staff and administrators at her school.
“I am humbled because there are so many teachers who are deserving of this same honor,” Manion said. “I am very appreciative.”
Education has proven more than a passion for Manion. She views teaching as transformative to students and gives it credit for her own success.
“My success is certainly a testament to the educators in my life who taught me that a K-12 career is not only about the academic skills but the social-emotional and life skills needed to press onward in my life and achieve my goals and dreams,” she said.
Gary Mitchell enjoys his work with Metro Nashville Public Schools so much so that he decided to take on double duties. Mitchell serves not only as an educational assistant in a Pre-K classroom at Napier Elementary School, but is also the lead custodian there, too.
Mitchell, who has been with the district since 2003, started his career at Napier as a custodian. He recalls the encouragement he received from the head custodian at the time, who he said saw something special in him.